New Zealand PM says two dead in quake, dispatching emergency aid

November 13, 2016 20:00

WELLINGTON  - New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said two people were killed in a powerful earthquake that the struck the Pacific nation early on Monday.

"We don't have any indications at the moment to believe it will rise, but we can't rule that out," Key told reporters in Wellington, adding that details of the casualties were still being confirmed.Key said a military helicopter was being dispatched to the coastal tourist town of Kaikoura, near the epicenter of the 7.8 magnitude quake, some 91 km (57 miles) north-northeast of Christchurch in the South Island

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